Author: Cardeno C
Publisher: The Romance Writers
Eight Days Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
In Another Life Rating: 4 of 4 Stars
Maccabe Fried and Josh Segal have nothing in common, but they’ve been friends forever. Maccabe is an athlete with dreams of playing professional baseball. Josh is a good student with dreams of being with Maccabe. Then both dreams come true.
Maccabe and Josh fall into a passionate long-distance romance, and after years of hiding from the world, Josh wants to bring their relationship into the open. When Maccabe refuses, Josh is faced with a tough decision: stay with the man he loves or live the life he deserves. Somebody’s bound to get hurt, but in the season of miracles, there’s always hope for a happy ending.
My View – Story:
I went on a bit of a Holiday story binge recently. I read seven holiday novellas in one day. Eight Days by Cardeno C was the seventh. I honestly thought I would be sick of holiday stories by the time I started this story. However, it enchanted me from Day 1.
Joshua and Maccabe grew up as best friends. Their families spend every Hannukah, and many other celebrations and vacations, together. One Hannukah they realize there is more than friendship there. Their story is told in 8 parts (or days) from Maccabe’s point of view. They fumble with the newness of thing. They fall into bed together. They go hot an heavy. They screw everything up. Can they find their way back together?
I enjoyed the unique view of their lives. Maccabe is a realist. I appreciated the fact that he wasn’t pining away for the seven years they are apart. I enjoyed his little alpha male action to get them back together. He is an unapologetic arrogant prick. We don’t know a lot about what is going on with Joshua during their time apart, but that is okay.
In the end, we get the happily ever after that all holiday stories require, and we are left with a warm fuzzy feeling.
In Another Life
In Another Life by Cardeno C starts on a bleak and harrowing day in the life of our main character. It is the day he takes his own life. However, it is not a tale of loss and sadness. Instead, it is a tale of hope, joy, and finding how to be proud of one’s self.
It starts on the first day on Hannukah, when Shiloh takes a razor blade to his wrists. While he is out of it, he has a dream about how his life could be if he weren’t to die. When he awakens, the literal man of his dreams is sitting at his bedside.
Unfortunately, this is where you will either have to employee your suspension of disbelief or the story will fall apart for you. When Shiloh awakens, he pretty much immediately goes after Travis with both barrels. For someone who just tried to kill themselves, this is a little out of character. Also, Travis’ reaction to the much younger Shiloh left some questions in my head.
However, I have often said that, for holiday stories, my ability to suspend disbelief is pretty loose and easy, so I am going to fall on the side of sweet and loving holiday tale.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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